Delores L. Walker, Free Press Reporter
This week, Americans will pay their last respects to the country's 40th president, Ronald Reagan, who died Saturday, June 5 at age 93.
He will be remembered as a president that helped to change the world by putting an end to the Cold War with Russia and as an approachable human being that loved "jelly beans." Former Senator Bob Dole said, "Not only did he use his grace, charm, wit and indomitable optimism, he used his strength of character to convey the greatness of America."
Ten years ago, Reagan wrote about his diagnosis of Alzheimer's, calling it "the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life." This week the journey will be completed.
On Wednesday, the late president's body was flown from California to Washington. A horse-drawn caisson transported the casket from near the White House to the Capitol building where it will lie in state until the funeral on Friday. The federal government will shut down that day in Reagan's honor.
The funeral will be at Washington National Cathedral at 11:30 a.m., where President Bush will be among the speakers. The body will then be returned to Reagan's library in Simi Valley for a private burial service.